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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Aug 1, 2011 11:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, here's what I do like

I often joke around about how much the '80s and beyond suck, but I don't hate them exactly. Everyone seems to have covered why it just isn't as good very well, and for the most part I couldn't agree more. But the '80s and '90s have definitely grown on me in recent years.

One thing I notice (sorry if this is repetitive) is that, even starting in the late '70s the band seem to be jamming more on the songs; i.e. stuff like Jack Straw and Deal were extended and got better.

Certain jams like Scarlet>Fire and Help>Slip>Franklin have some fantastic jam outs (see 7/31/82 or 9/6/83) and I think actually have some superior versions to the '70s.

I absolutely love the acoustic sets of the early '80s (see esp. 10/19/80 and 12/6/80), the Warfield and Radio City shows have some pretty memorable stuff. Fall '81 and the Europe tour also.

Jerry in the early '80s was excellent; I really enjoy his "fast and noodle-y" style of playing. Many folks who are more up on the technical aspects of guitar say he was at his best then, but the drugs hurt his technique a lot.

I still can't quite wrap my ears around the whole MIDI thing though, lol...

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-08-02 06:25:51